Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ireland's first same sex marriage takes place in Tipperary

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married in Tipperary Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)
Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married in Tipperary Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)
Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married in Tipperary Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)

David Kearns

THis couple made history today after becoming Ireland’s first same-sex marriage.

Cormac Gollogly (35) from Terenure, Dublin, and Richard Dowling (35) from Athlone, raced to the registry office in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, this morning.

The Dubliner said that getting hitched at 8.30am was particularly “special”.

“It feels really great, we feel privileged to be the first and it has made it extra special,” Mr Gollogly told the Herald. “It is just a whirlwind of excitement.”

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married in Tipperary Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)
Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married in Tipperary Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)

The couple had a “big shebang” at a civil partnership on September 18 in Kilshane House, Co Tipperary, so kept it low-key this time round.

“Almost exactly two months later we are bringing to fruition what we had already planned for September,” Mr Gollogly said.

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married in Tipperary Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)
Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married in Tipperary Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)

“We had been engaged a few years and said we needed to press on, we couldn’t wait any longer.

“Once we booked it, the referendum was passed.

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)
Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre Credit: Cathal McNaughton (REUTERS)

“We didn’t know then whether it was going to pass or not but the campaign was really well run. We had friends coming home from London and Australia to vote who had never voted before.”

He recalled when they met in The George in Dublin’s city centre 12 years ago.

“Our eyes met across the room and a friend who was with me asked what guy I was interested in, and I pointed at Richard and he caught me,” he said.

“Tips to a long relationship is the million dollar question but we love each other first and foremost.

“We have great family, my dad loved Richard and when he passed away in September 2013, Richard was with me at his deathbed.”

Mary-Claire Heffernan, senior registrar for South Tipperary – who was also the solemniser at their civil partnership – said it was an honour to be involved in the historic day.

“We were out at 8.30am so they could be the first married, there was great excitement,” she said. “They contacted me during the week and said they would really like to be the first.”

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